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Truro Half Marathon Race Report 2012

By Paul Bullock

17th September 2012

Overcast weather signalled a nice day for running as we gathered for the pre – race team photo, with Club Treasurer Sarah Bazeley, presenting Russell Lawrance (Cornwall College Director) with a £300 cheque for charity, raised by the Imerys Marathon.

The sun came out just before the 9.30a.m. start and it was pretty warm as we ran the loop around Truro City Centre, to give the race a ‘Big City’ feel. Thankfully it cooled down as we ran out of Truro along the trail towards Playing Place.

Steve Martin was the official club ‘2 hour pacer’ and he had a small possee with him, all looking to break that particular barrier.

There was a major problem at around 3 miles, with the race marshals obeying Police Instructions, and stopping competitors on the pavement, to let a build – up of cars through. There were at least 50 – 60 runners waiting to cross the road and inevitably a couple crossed anyway, to be disqualified later. This surely cannot be allowed to happen again in a G.P. race.

Some of the affected STARC runners were Helen Stuthridge, Katie Bullock and Dave Hampton, with the latter commenting , ‘I would have walked up the hill if I knew they were going to stop us!’

This delay was for approximately 45 seconds, which left Katie in particular, huffing and puffing, seeing her possibility of breaking that illusive 2 hour mark, becoming increasingly harder.

The rest of the run was fairly uneventful in the group around me, as we went down into Devoran and came back along the scenic road by the river. A couple of awkward hills on the way back, and then the last trail section and past the industrial units, behind Tesco and a mad dash through the underpass to the finish.

I was running with Katie and could tell it was going to be touch and go for her to break the 2 hour mark, especially with the earlier stoppage going against her.

We hit the trail with a couple of miles to go and she still had a chance and was able to push on down the trail, where I misunderstood a marshal and went right down the hill, instead of straight on. I caught back up and as we reached the industrial units, I told Katie she was going to have to really speed up to reach her goal.

This she did and around the back of Tescos she was urging for England, but still hanging on in, and it was only when we reached the 13 mile mark with a couple of minutes to spare, that I realised the sub 2 hour was there for the taking.

Finally, after around 27 half marathons, Katie achieved her goal in 1.59.45, which will hopefully give me a bit of peace and quiet for a while!! Personal Bests that I know about, from the STARC finishers, were Emma Watkins (3 mins), Justin Pascoe, Debbie Marshal (7 mins), Katie Bullock (1.5mins) and Holly Payne (11mins) . Well Done to any others who achieved their PB in the race.

Both teams finished in 5th position, with Stuart Nicholas, Antony Jarvis, Tim Adams, Laurie Lee, Alan Wherry and Mark Owen, for the men. Emma Murray, Louise Powell, Joanna Harper, Rachel Waters, Helen Stuthridge and Katie Bullock, featured for the girls. Laurie Lee (1st at last!!) and Doug Alsop won their respective Vet 50 and 60 categories.

It was a good day for the club with 44 finishers out of the 545 in total, and a big thanks as always to the supporters on route, and Terry for taking his usual few hundred photos.

Things were rounded off with a visit to Truro Weatherspoons and the Harbourside at Charlestown later on.